Inside The Tanjore Tiffin Room, Versova | All The Deets

By Sama Ankolkar April 24, 2018
Tanjore Tiffin Room, Versova

Stepping in to The Tanjore Tiffin Room located on a coastal Versova road, you are immediately transported to the tropics. The entry way has green creepers welcoming you as you walk through the al fresco courtyard. Here you will find hanging potted plants and mixed levels of seating, further enhancing the laid-back vibe of the restaurant.

You immediately feel at home when you step indoors, with your attention being drawn towards the wall adorned with framed sepia toned photographs. On asking the management, l was told that these photographs; a couple with the wife draped in a Kanchipuram sari, a gentleman dressed in a shirt and lungi; have been sourced from the albums of close friends and family of the owner so that patrons are given a peep into the provincial life of Tamil Nadu. Dimly lit in the warm light of chandeliers and candles, the indoors is more suited for intimate dinners and private conversations.

The menu offers a widespread selection of flavors from the state. Before we could begin, we were given sampler of some of the different gravies available. The courteous and extremely well informed staff then suggested which meat went best with these gravies. After debating between the coconut and tamarind, we finally decided on a tamarind based curry for our main course.

We began our meal with the Prawn Sundal, which was delicious. The grated coconut added a crunchiness to the prawn and chickpeas. With the curry leaves and the perfectly cooked prawns, this was a good take on the beach-side snack. We called for a Chicken 65 just as an ode to our boarding school days. Though this one wasn’t along the same lines as the one from my memory, the flavours did leave a mark. Spicy, fiery red, fried slivers of chicken tossed with chillies and cumin, you need to be ready for some heat with this one.

Next, the Mutton Pepper Fry made its way to us. Packed with flavour and heat from pepper, the meat was tender and fell off the bone. My companion and I loved this dish and had no difficulty in polishing off the plate. Then came our Tamarind Fish Curry with Appams. The curry was tart and dense with the right amount of heat from the dried chillies paste used to make it. The surmai was fresh and appams were fluffy with crisp edges which made it a lovely accompaniment to the tangy and delicious curry.

Celebrating the simplicity of good soul food.

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We washed our meal down with the Payassam which served as a slightly bleak end to what was a palette full of bold, strong flavours. It was quite watery though we were hoping for something richer.

In a nutshell, The Tanjore Tiffin Room offers you home-style Tamilian food using recipes handed down through generations. It celebrates the honesty and simplicity of the understated Tamil culture, set in a courtyard style urban atmosphere. From the personal photographs to the brass lamps, this quaint restaurant with its delicious food will have you leave with a smile.